- How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
- Narrated by: Penn Jillette
- Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-19-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Novel Audio
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Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet".
In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician's body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, and hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking listen.
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By Tim on 08-23-16
Tall, Fat and Funny Tales
Full disclosure I’m a huge fan of Penn Jillette, if I have a man crush it’s Penn, I listen to his Sunday School podcast, watch Fools Us religiously and have seen him live any number of times….but I HATE diet books. I hate Dr. Oz and the self-righteous nonsense that goes with so many fad diets. So it was with some trepidation that I embarked upon Presto! I was painfully aware that Penn had done this crazy diet and lost 100 lbs.quickly because we doesn’t stop talking about it on his podcast. That’s OK but I have been known to fast forward through the diet parts. However I’m happy to report that this book, read by the inimitable and gloriously foul mouthed Penn, is nothing like most boring preachy diet books...it's very good.
Presto tells the story of his near death encounter with fat blocked arteries all the way through to the new svelte (and somewhat weird looking) Penn 100lbs later. It’s highly entertaining often very funny and really quite fascinating. The fanatical cult like diet regime which appears to be grounded in some pretty sound science is described in enough detail to be believable but not so much as to be boring. It’s a thoroughly entertaining read. If I had one tiny complaint it’s that Penn has a wonderful life… and boy does he name drop. I can hear him shouting an appropriate obscenity at me for saying that but in the context of a book rather than a podcast or a magic show…it can get a bit much…enough already with your Bob Dylan and Lou Reed stories! The overall demeanor of the book is a self-mocking aw shucks we’re just carny trash…who happen to be best friends with almost everyone. That’s probably just sour grapes (you can’t eat grapes coz they have sugar in them) on my part. This is a wonderful read, read wonderfully. You may not follow his path and join the cult to shed the pounds but it’s very entertaining to hear his story...I feel a bit thinner just from listening to it.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
By Matt Pothiah on 08-25-16
How to lose 100 pounds in 90 days
Right from the beginning this audiobook captures your attention and draws you in to the story of the author, a famous magician who struggled with issues related to obesity for much of his life. When he finds out from a doctor that his health is in serious jeopardy, he decides to reach out to a friend who has the capacity to guide Penn on his journey to losing over 100 pounds in 90 days.
This is a well told and charming book that flows in the style of the Penn's Sunday School podcast, where events unfold naturally as told by the author as though he were having a conversation with you. This book is filled with interesting anecdotes and fascinating asides that delve into the lifestyle of a famous person and the daily issues one would have to contend with.
I listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting and only stopped to use the washroom and make food for myself, and after having listened to this account, I'm considering making more positive changes to my eating habits and thinking of ways that I can improve my own well-being.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful